“Women must play roles in Security, Peace Building” – WANEP
Osakwe said although Nigeria adopted UNSCR 1325 resolution which reaffirms the important role of women in prevention and resolution of conflicts, peacebuilding among others, its implementation has been slow.
She said women are good in mediation as they could negotiate at all levels from grassroots to national level.
“Nigeria developed a National Action Plan (NAP) which includes training of women and girls as mediators, negotiators and conciliators in conflicts and post-conflict situations and enhance their participation at all levels of peace process etc.
She said although the principal role of governance is securing the citizens, the citizens could also play a complimentary role to aid the government in achieving peace in their communities.
Osakwe said women could mobilise themselves, they could contribute to dialogue like in other climes and could also mobilise at the grassroots which would culminate in a stable society.
Iroegbu cited examples of women in history such as Queen Amina of Zaria, Moreme, and Mrs Ransom Kuti who contributed in various ways.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that three journalists -Ms Joy Yesufu, Leadership newspapers, Ail Garba, New Telegram and Josephine Ejeh, Smartgist24 newsblog were honoured for promoting women voices at the event.